Fun Run Highlights Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screening
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/02/07
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and for the second straight year, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will sponsor the second annual S.C.O.P.E. (Sprint for Colorectal Oncology Prevention and Education) Fun Run to spotlight the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Proceeds from the race will benefit colon cancer research and educational programs at M. D. Anderson.
The events will start from the Mays Ambulatory Clinical Building, 1220 Holcombe Blvd., on the campus of M. D. Anderson. Parking will be provided at the Pressler Garage adjacent to the south end of the Mays Clinic Building.
8 a.m. Adult 5K Fun Run/Walk
9 a.m. Kids 1K Fun Run / Walk
Saturday, March 24, 2007
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
The race fee for the adult 5K is $15 per participant and $12 per participant for children.
Last year, the inaugural year, the event attracted more than 550 survivors, patients, caregivers, family members, M. D. Anderson faculty and staff, health professionals from the Texas Medical Center and throughout Houston, running enthusiasts and others touched by colon cancer.
To sign up for the race, please click on signmeupsports.com or for more information, please call 713-792-8910.
About Colon Cancer
The National Cancer Institute estimates that colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in more than 160,000 people in the United States in 2007. Though incidence rates decreased from 1998 through 2003, colorectal cancer remains the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined. Deaths from colorectal cancer also declined in the last year, due in part to a greater awareness of the disease and prevention strategies that include regular screenings. Men and women should begin annual screening for colorectal cancer at age 50. Those with a family history should contact their family physician for potentially earlier screening. When caught in the early stage, the five-year survival for colorectal cancer is 90%.